Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Aug. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$4,902,775-34%3,371-326$1,454$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$4,896,153-33%3,864-116$1,267$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$3,233,977-42%2,907--$1,112$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$2,971,425-35%3,14046$946$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$2,053,771-39%2,673--$768$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$1,863,620-32%3,2210$579$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$1,628,165-41%3,0030$542$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$1,555,441-27%2,894--$537$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,412,884-39%1,944-99$727$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$1,005,631-42%2,375-1059$423$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$945,880-37%1,768-752$535$113,698,8605Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$284,738-41%733-529$388$203,937,5517Fox
2Get On Up$257,920-39%579-522$445$28,697,5854Universal
3Hercules (2014)$225,544-40%622-853$363$69,936,0925Paramount
4Step Up All In$211,808-32%948-1124$223$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
5A Most Wanted Man$209,934-48%433-211$485$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6What If$172,958-40%680-107$254$2,221,3093CBS Films
7Calvary$143,075-36%240110$596$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$136,122-39%353-24$386$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$116,413-31%28377$411$243,822,0629Paramount
10Earth to Echo$86,696-34%781627$111$38,034,5728Relativity Media
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$85,428-22%302261$283$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Purge: Anarchy$70,835-51%295-280$240$70,711,2456Universal
13And So It Goes$42,878-35%156-206$275$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
14X-Men: Days of Future Past$42,586-31%188-35$227$232,749,98714Fox
15Chef$37,220-45%105-17$354$29,517,27616Open Road
1622 Jump Street$36,497-56%135-37$270$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
17The Fault in Our Stars$35,522-39%185-21$192$124,431,13412Fox
18Edge of Tomorrow$32,863-37%192-69$171$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
19Tammy$29,601-59%157-119$189$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
20Sex Tape$19,521-53%111-206$176$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jersey Boys$13,572-26%64-51$212$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
2Yves Saint Laurent$12,781-29%213$609$492,2159Weinstein Company
3The One I Love$10,675-52%8--$1,334$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
4Blended$10,304-33%66-45$156$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
5Godzilla (2014)$9,578-41%70-48$137$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
6Begin Again$9,390-42%39-23$241$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
7Rio 2$7,827-34%72-56$109$131,482,65220Fox
8America (2014)$6,505-30%7210$90$14,412,5829Lionsgate
9Snowpiercer$6,322-45%28-14$226$4,428,2099RADiUS-TWC
10The Fluffy Movie$4,227-34%30-21$141$2,820,9395Open Road
11The Grand Seduction$3,341-54%19-6$176$3,366,79913eOne Films US
12Wish I Was Here$3,227-33%19-35$170$3,560,9456Focus
13Fed Up$76-38%2-3$38$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
14The LEGO Movie$57-62%7-8$8$257,749,64729Warner Bros.